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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Opinion: German Court Made Right Decision in Releasing Puigdemont

Opinion: German Court Made Right Decision in Releasing Puigdemont

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 06, 2018

A German court ruled Thursday to temporarily release Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont. The case is still under review, but the judges have lifted the most serious charge the former leader faced. It was the correct decision. By Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Wrangling over Warsaw: EU Considers Funding Cuts for Eastern Europe

Wrangling over Warsaw: EU Considers Funding Cuts for Eastern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2018

The European Commission is considering linking member-state subsidies to adherence to the rule of law, a step aimed at bringing a handful of Eastern European countries back into line. But the proposal also threatens to deepen the current rift in Europe. By Markus Becker, Peter Müller, Christoph Schult and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Catalonian Independence: Puigdemont Case Puts Germany in a Tight Spot

Catalonian Independence: Puigdemont Case Puts Germany in a Tight Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2018

The arrest of erstwhile Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany has put Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government in a tight spot. Berlin has the option of blocking extradition, but any move it makes could backfire. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Firing at Refugees: EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border

Firing at Refugees: EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2018

Turkey has barricaded its border to Syria with the help of funding from the European Union. There are few options left for Syrians trying to flee the brutal war in their home country and those who do risk death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Germany and the Puigdemont Case: 'Politicians Need To Stay Out of This'

Germany and the Puigdemont Case: 'Politicians Need To Stay Out of This'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2018

Following Carles Puigdemont's arrest on Sunday, Germany has landed smack in the middle of the Catalan independence battle. Politicians here say it's up to the judiciary to decide whether to extradite the former president of Catalonia, but the issue is nonetheless politically charged. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Interview with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on Eurozone Reforms: 'We Won't Simply Rubberstamp Everything'

Interview with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on Eurozone Reforms: 'We Won't Simply Rubberstamp Everything'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2018

All eyes have been on Germany and France recently when it comes to reforming the European common currency. But in an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, 51, says that the Netherlands should not be ignored. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game

Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2018

Despite a booming economy, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for a weaker dollar, a move that threatens to jeopardize Europe's fragile economic upswing. There's very little the European Central Bank can do to fight back. By Tim Bartz and Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

Out, Out, Out! Brexiteers Are Driving Britain into a Wall

Out, Out, Out! Brexiteers Are Driving Britain into a Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2018

Unrepentant pro-Brexit politicians like Boris Johnson are pushing the UK government to take a hardline approach to the country's divorce from the European Union. Their tactics reveal their deep-seated cynicism -- and the extent to which they are harming the country. By Jörg Schindler in London more... Comment ]


Horses, Handshakes and Hugs: Macron Leads France Back into Diplomatic Limelight

Horses, Handshakes and Hugs: Macron Leads France Back into Diplomatic Limelight

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2018

His seemingly never-ending handshake with Donald Trump may have attracted the most attention. But beyond the headlines, French President Emmanuel Macron is changing his country's role in the world. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

Brexit Masochism: The Blood Feud Among British Conservatives

Brexit Masochism: The Blood Feud Among British Conservatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2018

The sparring over Britain's relationship with Europe didn't just escalate with 2016's Brexit vote: The Conservatives have been bickering over the EU for 30 years with nary a care about the consequences of leaving. Why? By Jörg Schindler in London more... Comment ]